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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: May 27, 2008 3:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: For the last F***ing time...

In order for an American 50's TV broadcast to be under copyright, The copyright holder MUST renew the copyrights. If I have to say this again, I will upload "The Betty Hutton Show" and other crimes against humanity.

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Poster: Joel Cairo Date: May 27, 2008 4:14pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: For the last F***ing time...

This, unfortunately, is only true for a portion of the programming that aired at that time. For anything filmed/taped and syndicated, that may be the case. For any live broadcasts, however (even those with no copyright notice), the predominant law is generally New York State common-law copyright statutes. And as those programs are considered to be "unpublished works" under that law, (since the act of broadcasting is not considered to "publish" a work for purposes of copyright), they qualified for protection under those State statutes for a period of 120 years from the date of creation.

There is a page on the Showcase Productions website (the folks who produced "Peter Pan" for NBC), which addresses this in a rather concise manner. You can find it at:

http://www.showcaseproductions.com/license.htm

So, at the risk of a flood of Betty Hutton, those are the facts as they currently stand...